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SMINK stands for: Sample Moments Integrating Normal Kernel. The SMINK density estimator is a variant of the normal kernel density estimator with the following additional properties:

- The first and second moments of the SMINK density estimator are equal to the first and second sample moments;
- The maximum likelihood estimator of the (multivariate) normal density is a special case of a SMINK density estimator.

The basic properties of SMINK density estimators are summarized here. This summary is also provided by the SMINK density estimation module (SMINKDEN) itself. Before you use the SMINK density module, please read at least the summary first, but I strongly recommend to read the original paper as well:

Bierens, H.J (1983): "Sample
Moments Integrating Normal Kernel Estimators of Density
and Regression Functions", *Sankhya* 45, Series
B, 160-192.

In order to demonstrate how SMINK density estimation works, I have generated *n* = 500 independent
standard normally distributed random variables Z1 and Z2, and combined them into two dependent random variables,
^{2} + Z2^{2} + Z1

The SMINK density module does not allow you to select more than two variables, because only univariate and bivariate density functions can be plotted.

I will demonstrate the bivariate case first.

Open "Menu > Data analysis> Bierens' SMINK density estimation", and select X1 and X2 as the data in the usual way. Then the first SMINK density window is:

The first thing you have to do is to select the plot range. It is advisible to determine the plot range on the basis of the 90% and 10% quantiles of the two variables, via "Menu > Data analysis > Summary statistics". See the guided tour on SMINK regression estimation for the reasons. In this case the 90% quantile is about 3, and the 10% quantile is about -0.8, for both variables.

The grid points are the grid points of the 3-dimensional plot in the direction of the X variable involved. The default value 29 usually gives the best picture.

Click the "SMINK density estimation options" button:

The SMINK density estimation procedure requires the specification of a window width parameter
g_{n}
which has to be contained in the interval
_{n},1],

with *k* the number of X variables (*k* = 2 in our case), and

Click "'alpha' OK". Then the window changes to:

If you leave the option "Optimize gamma" checked and click "Continue" then
g_{n}
will be optimized by grid search over the interval
_{n},1]._{n}
will be set equal to x_{n}. I will leave this box checked:

Choose the number of grid points, and click "Grid OK".

Next, click "Options OK". Then the plot data are computed, which takes a few minutes in this case, and when done the module PLOT3DIM will be activated. This module opens with a blank picture window. Once you click the "Start" button, the picture is displayed:

This is not the best view point. Turn the picture using the horizontal arrow buttons:

Select now only X1 as the data in the usual way, and proceed in the same way as before, i.e., choose _{n}